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Alimony is the amount of financial support paid by one spouse to the other both before and after their divorce is final. The court considers many factors when determining whether to award alimony, the amount which is to be paid, and the type of payment which will be made.

Unlike some other states, Florida does not have standard calculations regarding alimony, and the combination of factors which are used is unique to each marriage, potentially making it quite a complex matter for the court to decide. To speak with a Jacksonville divorce lawyer who has the skills necessary to assist you, contact Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. for experienced legal counsel and skilled guidance to help you secure an alimony order which works in your favor.

Types of Alimony in a Florida Divorce Case

When pursuing alimony payments in a divorce, it is important to keep in mind that there are many different forms of spousal support which can be awarded based upon a variety of circumstances. Alimony is intended to make it possible for a spouse who has been financially dependent during the marriage to maintain an acceptable standard of living, and to ease the transition back into single life. The two most basic forms of alimony are permanent and temporary alimony. Following is a breakdown of the various types of alimony:

Permanent alimony is typically only awarded in cases of long-term marriages which lasted more than seventeen years, and is frequently awarded in cases where one of the members did not work and does not have a source of reliable income. Temporary alimony is somewhat trickier, as it can be awarded in many different ways.

Rehabilitative alimony is among the most common types, and is awarded to parties who are in need of temporary assistance while getting back on their feet after a marriage. To be awarded this type of alimony, one party would need to present to the court a rehabilitative plan which outlines the steps that they are going to take to achieve financial independence.

Durational alimony differs in that it is a new form of alimony created through changes made to Florida family law in 2010. It is more geared towards those who were involved in short or moderate term marriages.

Finally, there is what is known as "bridge-the-gap" alimony . This lasts for no more than two years and serves to bridge between the standard of living which has been established in the marriage and the standard the recipient will be able to achieve in single life.

Determining Factors for Spousal Support

Unless you and your spouse are able to settle questions of spousal support outside of the courtroom in an uncontested divorce, the judge will be called upon to issue a ruling on the matter, and will follow the guidelines as set out under Florida Statutes §61.08 (2011), which includes factors such as:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Profession, education and current income of each spouse
  • Contributions each spouse made to the marriage, both financial and otherwise
  • Age, health and emotional status of each spouse
  • Available assets and liabilities, both joint and individual
  • Employment opportunities available to each spouse

Decisions made about alimony will have immediate and long-lasting effects on both parties, largely determining whether you will be financially stable as you begin this new chapter of your life. Whether you are being requested to pay spousal support or if you need to receive payments, we want to help you achieve a just and equitable outcome which will serve your best interests and protect your future.

Contact a Jacksonville divorce attorney from Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. for trusted representation today!

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